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Learn How One Person Is Walking to Get Child Abuse Taken Seriously

On September 15, 2014 Mathew McVarish (actor/activist) gave a remarkable speech at the United Nations in Geneva on Child Sexual Abuse and his efforts to change the laws of the European Union to better protect children from predators. In this touching and educational talk, he speaks from his own personal experiences and his walk through every European Country to bring attention to this devastating epidemic and get better child protection laws so others don’t need to suffer like he and others have in the past. Listen, learn. and support the Road to Change (http://roadtochange.eu). Brought to you by Ariel Foundation International (www. arielfoundation.org)

The US Department of Justice Asks for Information On DC Corruption Like That Behind the Case of Ariana-Leilani

What Mayor Gray and his administration do not understand is that the more the protective parent raises concerns, the more barriers are placed in-between her and her children. Case-in-point: the ongoing case of Dr. Ariel King and her daughter, Ariana-Leilani (see attached the You Tube video for an update).

Like too many other children, Ariana-Leilani’s life has turned into a race – will justice prevail and Ariana-Leilani get the medical treatment she so desperately needs or will she end up paying the ultimate price for corruption?Sound outrageous and unbelievable?

If you were in the survivor’s shoes, what would you do? Explain all this to authorities? What happens when the authorities ARE the problem? When survivors turn to local remedies, they’re listened to UNTIL the offender’s names are revealed: Judge X, Custody Evaluator Y, Attorney Z. When the issues and concerns of the victim-survivors are ignored, marginalized or buried and business goes on as usual – or perhaps with a retaliatory spin – that’s called CORRUPTION and last I knew, corruption was a CRIME. (Last I knew too, a crime is a crime no matterwho commits it!) and THIS is what the US Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to hear about.

If you or someone you know has been affected by this family court crisis or experienced systemic corruption in a family court-related case — particularly in the District of Columbia — please check out the instructions for submitting a complaint to the DOJ here:

http://www.examiner.com/article/us-department-of-justice-calls-for-examples-of-outrageous-child-custody-outcomes?goback=%2Egde_2149994_member_5819920173368369155#%21 

There’s a January 15, 2014 deadline!

 

Short Video Documentary “Small Cries”; A DC American Tragedy

The Save Ariana-Leilani Coalition is pleased to announce the world wide release of the video documentary “Small Cries.”    The six minute documentary tells the story of how the “child protection” systems in the United States are failing, and how Ariana-Leilani is a victim of that failure.  This short and compelling documentary features exclusive interviews, including an interview with Dr. Joy Silberg, who speaks of the error in judgment that many child protective services make in certain abuse and neglect cases.   Very educational and inspiring, and Ireneo Namboka, an international human rights advocate and former UN official.

Definitely a “two thumbs up” “must see” documentary.

Watch the video, sign the petition, save a life:

Documentary “Small Cries;” The Real Ariana-Leilani Story

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UN Universal Children’s Day: Its Time the USA Joined the Rest of World and Ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today, 20 November 2013 We Celebrate the  24th year of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

All of the other countries of the world (192 in all) have ratified the convention recognizing that children have rights.  the USA is the only developed country left that has  not signed that convention and recognized children’s rights.

Even though the USA helped draft the convention and signed it 20 years ago, the USA has reneged on its commitment to the children and the international community by not ratifying the convention.

Isn’t it time to keep the promise to the world’s children who visit and live in the USA to assure that they have recognized rights. Isn’t it time to ratify the UNCRC.

The UNCRC is for all the world’s children.

Two Days Left (Day 17 of 19 Days of Activism for prevention of violence against children)

Map of 19 days of activism240 organizations from 88 countries have registered their planned activities with the WWSF campaign “19 Days of Activism for prevention of violence against children and youth 1-19 November”. Collectively about 1000 activities and events have been announced.    The 2013 award winning organizations, receiving the annual Prize for innovative prevention measures, will be announced on 19 November – World Day – via a  press release and direct announcements.  Learn More: WWSF

241,095 Names Published in The Daily Abuse, Innocence in Danger (Day 16 of 19 Days of Activism to Fight Abuse)

A newspaper made out of 241.095 names of children was published on November 19, International Day on Prevention of Child Abuse, to show a giant problem.  On that day, nothing was more important than the victims, all 241,096 of them who were abused on a single day.   720,000 copies were distributed.  It put massive attention on the problem to abuse, and the importance of everyone’s role in preventing abuse.

Those who are exploiting and abusing children like Ariana-Leilani ultimately will be caught and prosecuted.  Help fight child abuse in the United States, sign the petition to save 10 year old Ariana-Leilani and the fight for children’s rights to be protected:

GoPetition for ariana-leilani

Read More: http://adsoftheworld.com/media/dm/innocence_in_danger_the_daily_abuse

If you are being abused, speak out and get your life off “pause.” (Day 8 of 19 Days of Activism)

Among more than 1,400 adult females, childhood...

Listen to these two teenage sisters who were sexually abused by their uncle, a police officer.   They finally spoke out after years of abuse and found that it took their life off “pause.”

“In October, 2011, two sisters, ages 14 and 15, came to StoryCorps to remember confiding in each other about being sexually abused.

The girls’ abuser was their uncle and part-time caretaker.

They recorded this conversation just 10 days after he was found guilty of sexual assault. Their names are withheld to respect their privacy.”

Two Sisters Talk About Sexual Abuse (click to listen)

Read more: Storycorps Teenage Sexual Abuse

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19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth 1-19 November

19daysThe 19 Days Campaign is a WWSF initiative launched in 2011 by the Children-Youth Section and sponsored by the Women’s World Summit Foundation – WWSF and other partners.

As a multi-issue coalition of diverse partners using the 19 Days Campaign as an organizing strategy in the fight against at least one of the 19 abuse/violence issues presented in the list of campaign themes, you help create a world fit for children by:

  • Raising public awareness of the multi-faceted problem of abuse and violence
  • Mobilizing agents for change, organizations, institutions and grassroots faith-based groups
  •  Educating for better prevention measures
  •  Strengthening local, national and international initiatives
  •  Establishing collaboration with other campaign partners
  •  Creating support at the national, regional and international level
  •  Linking prevention with the Convention on the rights of the child and the UN Study on violence against children
  •  Lobbying governments to implement UN Study recommendations and in particular “prioritize prevention”

Aims of the 19 Days Campaign

Continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted aspects and the need to generate sufficient civil society interest and government and public support for better prevention measures

Catalyze grassroots support for the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children – SRSG VAC

Create new synergies at all levels between diverse actors (youth included) to empower the international community in its commitment to eliminating violence against children and youth

The 19 Campaign themes

  • Sale of children (2013 main theme)
  • Child prostitution (2013 main theme)
  • Child pornography (2013 main theme)
  • Children involved in armed conflict
  • Sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Neglect
  • Child labor
  • Corporal punishment (2011 main theme)
  • Child trafficking
  • Child sex tourism
  • Harmful traditional practices
  • Street children
  • Discrimination based on health conditions
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Malnutrition
  • Dangers of ICTs
  • Abduction
  • Juvenile death penalty

Ariana-Leilani is being abused and neglected.  As a result, she suffers from Severe Chronic Neutropenia — where her neutrophil levels are at life threatening low levels making her prone to fatal infection.   She needs medicine to control her condition.  Please sign her petition:

GoPetition for ariana-leilani

The US Must Respect Human Rights, Stop Spying on Its Allies and Sign the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The recent revelations of US spying on allied leaders is part of a greater public relations problem of the US: appearing to exempt itself from the rules that apply to other countries.

The moral authority of the US is at an all time low, and the diminished view is, for the most part, the fault of the US itself.   Its failure to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) exemplifies the problem and is having detrimental life threatening effect on children in the US.

The US helped draft the UN CRC and even signed it when it was originally adopted.  However, after 20 years the US is the only developed country that has not ratified it.    The failure of the US to provide life saving medicine to dual citizen, German-American Ariana-Leilani after six years of suffering is a direct consequence of the US failure to respect the international rights of children living within its borders.

It is time for the US to respect 10 year old Ariana-Leilani’s rights and for the US to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  It is time for the US to join the rest of the world.

Join the thousands of others who have signed the petition urging President Obama to immediately take action to save Ariana-Leilani and to ratify the UNCRC.

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Treating Kids’ Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope

Dr. Olson draws inspiration and strength from his patients and their families. His decision to work with kids, he says, goes back to something that happened 25 years ago when he was still in training. A 7-year-old girl he was caring for died, and the loss tore at his heart. But his reaction was complicated.

“The night that she died I was walking home, and I was almost skipping or dancing,” Olson says. “I was really light, and I was singing and humming out loud. Neither of these things is typical for me. And it was so absurd to me that this really profound event had happened that day, and I was feeling so opposite.”

So he sat down on a bench and tried to figure out what was going on. It didn’t take him long to realize his mood had to be related to a conversation with the girl’s parents. He’d assumed that after their daughter’s death, they’d want to get as far away from the hospital as possible. But, no.

“They actually tracked me down, and came up and gave me a beautiful warm hug,” Olson remembers. “And they said, ‘Her death to us was as beautiful as her birth, and the reason for that was because of the words you shared with us as we went through this. And we just want you to know that you have a gift, that when medicine doesn’t go the way you want it to, that you can still help families recognize a life doesn’t have to be 90 years [long] to be beautiful.’

“And so I sat there and thought about that for a long time, and I realized that this was a gift that I had,” he says. “And not many people would recognize the gift, or have it or want to share it. But for me it felt like a calling of sorts.”

Olson tore up the applications he’d written for other medical specialties and committed himself to pediatrics. Yet, he also wanted to do research. So he wound up going to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where he could practice medicine and be a scientist, too.

In the past 20 years, or so, Olson has cared for hundreds of children with brain cancer. Though many have survived, many haven’t.

Read More: NPR Story

Sign the petition to help save Ariana-Leilani.

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